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l look at the american dream. only on al jazeera america. >> part of our month long look at working in america. "hard earned". isil forces say they're in control of forces after government forces hold back from the iraqi city. you're watching al jazeera live from doha. also coming up the u.s. secretary of state calls for north korea to reign in its nuclear program a few days after firing a ballistic missile. supporters of macedonia's prime minister promise to show strength after protesters dig in and demand his resignation.
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plus i'll report on how this nigerian market is seeing business in unwanted goods from europe and america. hello.- the islamic state of iraq is claiming a major victory in iraq's largest province. it's taken full control of the city where iraqi forces have been filmed fleeing. it's the capital of iraq's largest province. its capture now means isil is closer to establishing supply lines from syria to iraq. it's just 110 kilometers west of iraq's capital baghdad.
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isil dominates large swaths of land in iraq and syria including mosul in northern iraq and this city in syria. crossing over to baghdad bringing in our reporter to bring you when we're hearing on the latest about what the iraqi government is going to do about this. >>reporter: well, it's under the control of isil. they launched a three will have day offensive -- three-day offensive first taking over the compound which houses government and police officers and then they moved on to take the last government stronghold the headquarters of the anbar commands center. there was a lot of fighting. we understand that up to 500 people were killed. security forces and civilians. some died in the fighting and others were executed. isil usually executes people who
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were cooperating with the government. yesterday the provincial council asked for the involvement of shia lead militias. the prime minister of iraq authorized their deployment and they're now gathering and preparing for a counteroffensive against isil. this is a very controversial decision and will not be welcomed by many sunni tribal leaders. they said they will consider this an occupation of iran by their province. they are blaming the government for the fall of isil saying they should have given us weapons and mobiized local forces to engage in this battle instead of deploying and using shia militias in this fight. >> that's the thing. there were promises that were made to arm the sunni tribes in places like an bar. why did that not happen? >>reporter: well officials in
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baghdad politicians, government officials they have been reluctant to arm sunni tribes. they feel the sunni tribes the weapons they give them could end up in the hands of isil. there's little trust between the shia-led government province in baghdad. this is not just a military battle. the u.s. secretary of state actually down played the significance of isil's gains saying he's confident iraq will be able to capture the territory. the biggest question is what happens next. the shia led militias led the fighting in other militias and pushed isil out but people have not returned. it's not a peaceful province. there's been attacks against secrity forces so it's not just about clearing territory, recapturing territory. there needs to be reconciliation with the people and the people need to feel that they are part
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of iraq. that they have a say in the decision-making process. so a military battle alone, a victory could backfire without reconciliation. >> okay. thank you. the u.s. secretary of state says north korea has not even come close to taking steps to slow its nuclear weapons program. john kerry was speaking in the capital of south korea where he met the president. his trip comes days after north korea said it test fired a ballistic missile from a submarine. here's more from the capital of seoul. >>reporter: he talked about two events in in order to korea as he referred to how north korea was acting.
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he said the missile was in violation of international regulations. he gave a strong signal that the united states would support efforts to see north korea referred to the icc unless it changed such behavior but also held out hope saying that iran provided a model, recent success in in negotiations with iran over its nuclear program. in january, there were attempts to start talks with north korea but they were unsuccessful. mr. kerry is now talking about the leadership sending a signal
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that it is willing to engage seriously on denuclearization. so that's a marked shift. the u.n. secretary-general has called on southeast asian governments to help rescue thousands believed abandoned at sea. those who have made it to shore in indonesia are being held in shelters which lack basic showering facilities. they're turning away boat loads of migrants. the international organization for migration says governments need to do more to stamp out smuggling networks across the region. >> certainly there's diplomatic
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approaches. those will continue. there's sharing information about ships at sea and where they are. even more than that if there are regional powers that have ships in the navy even global powers they can also play a part. the smuggling network was moving 8,000 people a month on average in the past six months. one month there were 13,000. we need to help them. no longer are ships departing meaning we need to focus everything to save lives right now. there's nothing else that we can do. the king of jordon has accepted the resignation of his interior minister and dismissed several police officials. the demonstration was in the southern city of maan. dismissals have also been linked to the torture and death of a detainee in police custody
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violence has broken out in israel and palestine in occupied east jerusalem. thousands of israelis were marching through the area to mark the 48th anniversary of its captre from jordan. six palestinians have been arrested for throwing stones and attacking officers yemen's foreign minister says saudi-led air strikes will avoid main air and sea ports to allw aid into the country. a cease fire ended on sunday after leaders met in the saudi capital to discuss progress. >>reporter: this is the biggest gathering of yemen's political factions. each has its own vision for the future of yemen. pbut all are united against the houthis who remain in control of
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much of the country. >> all parties have been brought together. it's a very strong message today to our people in yemen that we're all united against the houthis. >>reporter: the president hadi warns of widespread violence unless the international community intervenes. >> they seized oil to use it as a tool to humiliate our people. history will remember the heroic actions of our people and our allies. >>reporter: members of the general congress the party of former president saleh were also in rihyaad. >> the switch of sides is a blow to the former president who has been abandoned by his previous
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supporter saudi arabia. the u.n. envoy has called for a cease fire extension. >> we have a chance. we are merely calling for all parties to extend. >>reporter: the delegates have agreed on a political road map recognizing saleh hadi as a legitimate president. but the houthis say any agreement in their absence is irrelevant as they're the ones with more control on the ground. still to come the verdict is due in a case that triggers rioting across france almost a decade ago. plus the great drought of the western united states is spreading and scientists predict worse is still to come.
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says new saudi-led air strikes will avoid land and air areas for aid to reach the country. in macedonia, protesters are vowing to stay on the streets of the capital until the prime minister resigns. he's under pressure over a wiretapping scandal. his government is accused of spying on 20,000 of its citizens. his supporters are due to stage a rally on tuesday. >>reporter: opposition leader's supporters have made him a hero amongst this crowd. revelations of abuse of power have scandalize citizens. thousands showed to show their contempt for the prime minister. there's nothing else left for him to do but to leave this
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building. >> they call this building simply the government building. it's where the prime minister has -- to standout side it - today. i spoke to one woman who would not agree to be interviewed on camera because she works for this government and that if her boss saw her, she'd lose her job. but she came out today though. >>reporter: that control by the party over the state has angered the young and old. >> i know the country is poor. my people is hungry. our government is criminal. >>reporter: despite fears of an ethnic divide albanians were part of the protest. the government says its
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supporters will be next to converge on the capital pitting citizen against citizen. in france a verdict is expected in the trial of two police officers charged over the deaths of two teenagers almost a decade ago. the two boys were elect cuted after hiding from the policemen. >>reporter: they died ten years ago. yet, the circumstances around their deaths revealed divisions in french society that are painfully relevant today. they were playing football in the suburbs and ran away when the police approached and jumped into this electricity substation where they were electrocuted and died. after the deaths riots broke out in several french cities
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lasting for three weeks. thousands of cars destroyed, thousands of suspects arrested. a national debate followed about policing race and the quality of life in the suburbs for the families of the boys it's been a long wait. today she's the deputy mayor of the suburb. >> we remember. we never forget. a few days ago, it would have been his birthday. he would have been 25. from 15 to 25 his life would have completely changed. he could have finished his studies, done the things he wanted to do. >>reporter: the court must decide whether the police knew the boys had entered the substation and if so why they failed to rescue them from danger. >> my clients did not know that there was someone on the site so they could not know that they were in danger.
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therefore, they could not take the deliberate decision not to go to their rescue. >>reporter: meanwhile, some things have changed. these tower blocks are to be demolished and replaced by buildings on a more human scale.- the government hopes this case will be closure to one of the most tragic incidents in france's recent history. unemployment is still high as well as suspicion of the police. >> nine people were killed and 18 others wounded in a shootout between rival biker games in texas. fighting broke out in a restaurant in the city of waco and spilled over into a nearby parking lot. police say what started as a few punches ended up in both sides shooting at each other. three individuals have been arrest. > they're now facing engaging in organized crime.
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we'll consider any action that is here that may be criminal in nature. we'll immediately take care of that and we will file the most significant charge on those individuals that we can. >> thousands of miners across peru have gone on strike indefinitely. they're trying to pressure the government to strengthen labor laws. unionize workers are taking part demanding the repeal peal of a law making it easier to fire employees. the drought in the west of the united states is forcing cities to cut back on water use. it's also hurting farmers who grow most of the country's fruit and vegetables. nasa researchers are warning of a megadrought in the decades to come. rob reknelleds reports. >>reporter: normally these peaks
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are covered in snow in the u.s. state of washington. this year they're only at 16% of normal. that's bad news for farmers and - vendors at this fruit and vegetable mark. >> cherries peaches, water mel lops honey due. >>reporter: the governor declared a state of emergency. >> we're seeing things happen at this time of year we've just never seen before. >>reporter: it's expected to cause more than a billion dollar in crop losses this year. the state is offering some incentives to farmers to sacrifice some crops for water savings. a new study predicts parts of the u.s. will suffer dry spells lasting for decades. using tree rings and computer modelling scientists at nasa
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and columbia university forecast droughts far worse in part because of global warming. >> nobody in the history of the united states has had to deal with this. >>reporter: in the past droughts in the same area have destroyed whole civilizations.- a dry spell in the 13th century destroyed an entire civilization of people. nepal's prime minister has appealed for more aid following last month's devastating earthquake. he says his country still needs more funds for infrastructure and reconstruction. the tremor hit nepal on april 25th killing thousands of people. aftershocked killed at least 117
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more people. earthquakes have also revealed serious political failings in nepal. andrew simmons is in kathmandu with more. >>reporter: is there trust in the politicians who were sent running from their chamber by a devastating aftershock? many are unconvinced. >> there are no political leaders or parties anywhere. you could not see them anywhere. they could not face the people. that is where the vacuum is. >>reporter: he's a project manager helping out a small political party. it's one of several youth-based organizations that's made a big
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impression with the relief organizations. providing help where it's needed most these are shelters desperately needed by the people. there's a void at the local level and it's political. that void is the result of an insurgency that lasted two decades. another peace deal by 2006 that ended the month knacky and gave birth to a secular secular republic. there's still no agreement on a constitution.- politicians and critical voices from the media camped out in temporary buildings and are skeptical about political change. >> you could have resources but mobilizing the resources is - always
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the key in disasters. and i'm giving some benefit of the doubt to the political forces. >>reporter: there's one indisputable fact the enthusiasm of the young people have helped the relief efforts and those in need remember the faces of these helpers more than those of their local politicians. kenya's president has told his counterparty to postpone next month's election in the wake of growing public unrest and a failed coup. on sunday he made his first public appearance since the plot to overthrow him.
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is. >> we came here to contact our friends and colleagues here in kenya as well as in uganda. the agenda is to put in place measures to face attacks by al shabaab that are a security risk. >>reporter: there was no mention of the unrest or his determination to run for a third time which is unconstitutional. she's worried after hearing opposition parties are planning more protests so she's planning a survival strategy. >> when the protests happens, everything closes. not safe to be out. i'm making sure i have enough food for a few days. >>reporter: some analysts say the election could be delayed
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because of political instability. but the ruling party seems to be planning for the polls. what is clear is that things here are unpredictable. she hopes for the best but is preparing for the worst just in case. the nigerian military says it's destroyed ten boko haram camps in the northeast. soldiers say they killed a number of fighters during the offensive. a number of antiaircraft guns were also captured as well as armed vehicles market traders are making huge profits selling unwanted clothes from europe and america. the business has become so popular that people come from all over west africa to buy these second hand items. >>reporter: she came to togo 16
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years ago from nigeria. his family raised $100 to help him start his shoe business. >> i would see he was okay. i asked him what he's doing. he says selling these shoes. so from there, i saidky follow you. he said yes. >>reporter: most traders in the market of the capital are in the east of nigeria. they built up a business empire in the trade of second hand items. this is where unwanted goods from europe and america show up. you can find anything from clothes to shoes to bags. some you can buy locally but most is bought in bulk from across west africa. he's here every week.
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they come from mali niger, all over. you know you have it here. >>reporter: the trade has become an integral part of the economy, yet it's dominated by outsiders. one analysts say it's because of the way the market has developed. >> traditionally women bought and controlled goods in the markt. nobody was selling second hand goods. the foreigners came in and started doing that. >>reporter: he says he came because he had to survive and as long as the customers keep coming the future is here. finally, a new attraction is causing a splash among tourists in mexico. the clear lounge is being called the world's first underwater
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